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Report: Big shift to solar power possible in Pa. w...

Pennsylvania has more than enough sun, space and interest to dramatically increase the amount of energy it gets from solar panels by 2030, a study group  led by the state Department of Environmental Protection reported Thursday. But those gains won’t be possible without policy changes that encourage more solar installations, especially large or “grid scale” projects that have been all but absent in the state so far....

What made solar panels so cheap? Thank government ...

From an economic perspective, the core challenge of climate change is that the standard way of doing things — the dirty, carbon-intensive way — is typically cheaper than newer, lower-carbon alternatives. Solving the problem means driving down the cost of those alternatives. Simple, right? But in practice, it’s not so simple. In fact, we still don’t have a very good grasp on exactly what drives technological innovation and...

Palm Oil Was Supposed to Help Save the Planet. Ins...

A decade ago, the U.S. mandated the use of vegetable oil in biofuels, leading to industrial-scale deforestation — and a huge spike in carbon emissions. The remains of an Indonesian rain forest that was cleared to make way for oil palms.CreditCreditAshley Gilbertson/VII, for The New York Times This article is a partnership between ProPublica, where Abrahm Lustgarten is a senior reporter, and The New York Times Magazine. The...

AEP launches program to put electric car charging ...

AEP Ohio is setting aside $10 million to help bring hundreds more electric vehicle charging stations statewide. The in-state subsidiary of Columbus-based AEP Corp. wants to put in about 375 charging stations at public sites, workplaces and apartment complexes. The project is a partnership with Smart Columbus, and AEP said that “information collected through this EV charging program will help cities and regions around...

Smart Columbus offering $3K EV rebates to taxis, U...

Individual rideshare drivers for services including Uber and Lyft can apply for $3,000 grants toward an electric vehicle under expansion of a Smart Columbus program that had been open only to larger fleets. The public-private initiative on Tuesday announced a new round of $90,000 in incentives for 30 vehicles, funded by the $10 million Paul G. Allen Philanthropies grant toward reducing greenhouse gas emissions that was part...

‘The Window of Opportunity for Action Is Alm...

The concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is now at 405.5 parts per million (ppm), or 146 percent of pre-1750 levels. The concentration of methane is now at around 1,859 parts per billion (ppb), around 257 percent of pre-industrial levels, and the concentration of nitrous oxide reached about 329.9 ppb, or 122 percent of pre-industrial levels. “The last time the Earth experienced a comparable concentration...

U.S. to Release Damning Climate Report as Trump Ig...

The U.S. government will release a major climate report on Friday afternoon that could be very inconvenient for President Trump, who seems as clueless as ever about the global phenomenon and continues to push coal and other planet-warming fossil fuels. But environmentalists, climate experts and others have pointed out that the critical warning from 13 federal agencies will be softened by the country’s post-Thanksgiving...

How to identify people open to evidence about clim...

People resist climate information for varying reasons. Start by understanding your audience.   A confession. That cartoon where someone is hunched over the computer, unable to tear away from furious typing, because someone is wrong on the internet? That was me. Or at least it used to be. As a lifelong scientist and educator, I simply could not let stand an idle comment about volcanoes emitting more CO2 than humans....

Beacon Journal/Ohio.com editorial board: Earth nee...

www.ohio.com 2 mins read In its report last month, the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change stressed the lateness of the hour. It explained that if countries want to prevent the planet from warming more than 1.5 degrees Celsius, they must reduce current greenhouse emissions 60 percent by 2030 — or in 12 years. The report noted such an achievement would require action at a speed and scale with “no documented...

Critics say Ohio pipeline protest bill is unnecess...

Ohio lawmakers have tweaked a bill meant to deter damage from pipeline protests, but environmental groups, civil liberties advocates and other opponents still say the bill could be unconstitutional. “From our perspective, it still has a whole lot of free speech problems,” said Gary Daniels, chief lobbyist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Ohio. Substitute Senate Bill 250 would make it a crime to knowingly destroy or...

Trump’s nominee to head National Park Service view...

Raymond David Vela veers away from Trump’s script at confirmation hearing. Raymond David Vela, President Trump’s nominee to be director of the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), mentioned climate change on Thursday as he read from prepared remarks during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Hearing a Trump nominee cite climate change as an issue that must be tackled is a...

New Report Details Trump’s Destructive War o...

A coalition of watchdog and advocacy organizations on Thursday released a new report detailing the Trump administration’s nearly two-year war on science and how Congress can fight back. Produced by 16 groups including the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), Defenders of Wildlife and Greenpeace, Protecting Science at Federal Agencies: How Congress Can Help argues that while “scientific integrity at federal...

Healthier Products, Healthier People

Six Classes The Six Classes is a program of the Green Science Policy Institute that focuses on reducing the use of entire classes of chemicals of concern, rather than phasing out problematic chemicals one at a time. This approach of tackling entire groups of chemicals is needed because more than 80,000 chemicals are used in the U.S. Many have not been well studied and their impacts on human and environmental health are not...

Shading Out Solar: State Policies In Ohio Valley D...

When Jennie and Brian Kahly decided to move to a 150-acre family farm in West Virginia’s Preston County, they thought a lot about what type of farmers they wanted to be. “We went ahead and made a list of values, and one of those values was to minimize our fossil fuel use,” Jennie said. “That doesn’t mean we don’t use fossil fuels. It means we make a conscious effort to minimize them.” Installing solar panels was high on...

Solar’s future brightens in southern Ohio

CHILLICOTHE – If it seems like the sun is shining more brightly on the future of solar farm development in southern Ohio than elsewhere in the state, that’s because it is, both literally and figuratively. “There was a knowledge from our past work that it wasn’t just the best place to build solar for social and economic reasons, it was also the best place to build solar because of the solar...

West Virginia’s Natural Gas Industry Keeps Pushing...

Companies are deducting “post-production” costs or creating shell companies to reduce royalty payments. The firms say they have done nothing wrong. This article was produced in partnership with the Charleston Gazette-Mail, which is a member of the ProPublica Local Reporting Network. For decades, Arnold and Mary Richards collected monthly royalty checks — most recently from $1,000 to $1,500 — for the natural gas sucked up...

Ice Sheets in Greenland, Antarctica Could Reach Ca...

Scientists just gave us another terrifying reason to limit global warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius above pre-industrial levels: If temperatures push much beyond that point, both Greenland and Antarctica‘s ice sheets could reach a point where nothing can stop them from melting. An international team of researchers published this chilling finding in Nature Climate Change Monday. The researchers set out to study how the ice...

General Motors’ EV Plan May Sound Good, But it’s B...

General Motors has proposed what it’s calling a “National Zero Emission Vehicle (NZEV) program” that would require automakers to sell a minimum volume of plug-in or fuel cell vehicles in the US. While this may sound like an innovative idea, it could dramatically undercut existing programs in states including California that are showing real leadership in cutting vehicle emissions. The GM proposal calls for a 50-state ZEV...

Questionable Economics Threaten The Keystone XL Pi...

Now that a federal judge has squelched the Keystone XL Pipeline, the question facing its owner, TransCanada Corp., is whether the oil economics justify its completion. Not only is the price of oil still relatively low and falling but, competing pipelines are coming out of Canada and into this country. While the price of a barrel of oil has risen from $50 in recent years to $75 in recent months, it is now down to about $60....

Wind turbines coming to Erie and Huron counties (O...

Bellvue, Ohio – Apex Clean Energy, which has an office in Bellevue, plans to invest millions into Erie and Huron counties over a 30-year period through the Emerson Creek Wind Project. “Wind turbines pay property tax — with 70 percent going to the school districts — so you’re going to see a major increase in the tax base in the area,” project developer Sarah Moser said. “That’s probably the biggest economic benefit, is...